As enchanting as our secret Lakelands destinations may be, guests often find the journey there just as captivating! The path becomes the goal – whether you travel by road, by air or by water – with our attentive guides and the Lakelands’ beguiling views as your constant companions.
Lough Derg is a rare gem with lake roads hugging almost every inch of its shoreline. As we whisk you away to your Secret Escape, sit back in a vehicle from our chauffeur-driven fleet, from sleek sedans and family vans to vintage cars and convertibles. Our driver-guides know every curve and crossroad in the area - and just the right moment to cruise into neutral and let the panorama take your breath away…
Of course, the motoring enthusiasts and thrill-seekers among you may prefer to take the wheel yourselves and kiss the hedgerows in a self-drive classic like a Porsche 911 Carrera or a Jaguar XJS V12. No need for a road atlas or GPS, rely on your tour director to lead the way from hidden viewpoints to hairpin bends en-route to your Secret Escape.
Take to the skies over the lovely Lakelands and start or finish your Secret Escape with a 45-minute flight seeing adventure, revealing ‘the now local’ highlights from above, like the lunar landscape of The Burren National Park and the stark rock-bound beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. Our expert flight crews are all about safety as well as scenery, piloting you to or from your hotel in style in their range of twin engine helicopters.
Combining comfort, speed and agility, step on-board The Azul Rib as you can choose to traverse the Lakelands and also access our Wild River Cruise. With your skipper at the helm, this makes for a convenient way to include many different stops on your private day-tour experience, including our Medieval Ireland experience. Also fully enclosed, rest assured guests will stay warm and snug on-board, or on warmer days sit outside to take in the rolling landscape in all its splendor.
This custom-made, eco-friendly cruiser runs with, zero emissions, zero carbon footprint and zero engine. Moreover with no engine there is no engine noise which makes for a serene water experience like no other - the perfect way to savour the unspoiled nature of this wild river cruise. With little wake and a narrow profile, the AZUL Zero can venture where other craft can’t, to reveal hidden charms from elusive bird life to a little-known meandering stream. Full canopies at the ready and a covered deck, it’s always a good day for an AZUL Zero cruise!
AZUL Zero is available for a 1.5 Hr Wild River Cruise with a picnic brunch, lunch or vip Afternoon Tea.
It all started in the twenty-teens with AZUL I, Ireland’s first skippered motor yacht – “the ship that launched” Secret Ireland Escapes as a travel concept. Since that time, we have retired the original AZUL, christened her swank successor AZUL II and added additional craft to the fleet including the enclosed AZUL Rib and our new eco-friendly AZUL Zero. Cruising through the Lakelands to your Secret Escape gives the experience a magical touch and makes the landscape come alive in all its splendour.
Why settle for just one, when you can have it all! Turn your Secret Escape into a signature“wow experience” when you combine all three modes of transportation in one day: arrive by vintage sedan, set sail on the AZUL II and take to the skies by way of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher as you arrive back to your hotel. A truly all-encompassing experience you’ll not soon forget...Find out more about Azul II
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